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Work on Shell’s Norco Refinery Units Planned From Late September


Shell’s Norco refinery north of New Orleans is to shut multiple units for work in late September according to Bloomberg sources. The refinery is able to process approximately 250kbpd on medium sweet crude.

  • The turnaround was pushed back from a late March start due to strong product margins and is expected to last as long as eight weeks.
  • Work on units including the DU-5 crude unit, coker, catalytic reformer and gasoil hydrotreater will begin the first week in October.
  • Work on the units will be staggered, with the longest downtime for the crude unit and coker of about 55 days.
  • Norco will likely have to buy feedstocks to run the downstream 118kb/d gasoline-making residual catalytic cracker and the 44k b/d hydrocracker units that will remain in operation during the turnaround.

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